I need some advice. Unfortunately due to an error on my behalf I have been overpaid ESA benefit, the amount is just under £2,000.
To fill you in Im chronically sick and disabled. No one knows exactly what is wrong with me, but Im housebound and use a wheel chair. Part of my problems mean I have short term memory issues also.
In December 2008 I was awarded ESA in the support group as I can not work. I recieve full DLA on both componants.
I claimed over the telephone and when I got the declaration statement back it was incorrect. It said that I did not recieve a pension. I rang them back and said that I will be recieving one in the future and was settling this with my employers. I was awarded ESA I rang again to clarify and they told me to notify them of the changes, eg when I recieved my pension.
It was a long hard battle to get my pension out of my employers and I finally recieved it in april this year.
I have been fighting my employers in a disability discrimination case during this time and have been hospitalised 5 times since January this year. I have also suffered a family bereavement.
Last night I woke up in a panic remembering I hadn't contacted the DWP about my pension. Im terrified they will send me to prison.
Due to an out of court settlement I can pay back all funds owed by the end of August.
How do I go about telling them? What will they do to me? Will it affect my DLA? Ive never claimed benefits before and I dont want to go to prison. I dont even have a speeding ticket?
Please help me Im terrified.....